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Orange and Bourbon Baked Beans

Orange and Bourbon Baked Beans

Everyday baked beans take on a sophisticated character with the addition of bourbon and orange juice.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
14.5-ounce can crushed tomatoes
cup molasses
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 tablespoon tamari or other soy sauce
3 cups cooked or two 15.5 ounce cans navy beans or other white beans, drained and rinsed
cup bourbon
cup frozen orange juice concentrate

1. Heat the oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, cover, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

2. Transfer the onions to a 2- to 4-quart slow cooker. Add the tomatoes, molasses, vinegar, mustard and tamari, stirring to combine. Stir in the beans, bourbon, and orange juice concentrate, cover, and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.

Serves 4.

Hint: Cook dried beans in the slow cooker overnight and they will be all ready for making this dish the next day.

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Adapted from Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker, by Robin Robertson (The Harvard Common Press, 2004).

Celebrate Mardi Gras with these bourbon-touched beans. What better connection to the flavor of the event if you can't be on Bourbon Street to watch the parade? Citrus orange adds just the right zing for deep winter, making Orange and Bourbon Baked Beans fun for the Super Bowl too.

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8:42PM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

These beans look interesting to try out, especially in the winter. Have never tried them with orange concentrate before so that should prove to be delicious.

6:46PM PST on Dec 29, 2012


7:02AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

7:22PM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

Can't imagine what kind of flavor the bourbon will add - guess I'll just have to try it.
The bourbon, I mean!
Just kidding...

12:28AM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

Yummy! I love this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

1:19AM PST on Nov 11, 2010


1:15PM PST on Jan 31, 2010

Sounds so yummy, will have to try this asap!

4:34PM PST on Dec 30, 2009


3:53PM PDT on May 2, 2008

Nice comment

4:56PM PST on Jan 31, 2008

I haven't tried this yet, but I absolutely can't wait to prepare this! It sounds wonderful!! Has a good twist from my standard Southern baked bean recipes, with the exception of the bourbon of course!

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